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Thursday, March 25, 1999 Vol. 111 No. 12 Since 1889 § 50 Cents
Hall of Fame inducti April 26
The 12th annual Kings Mountain Sports Hall of | In addition, special achievement awards will be Jim Gibson was one of the early great football
Fame banquet and induction ceremony will be presented to the 1998 KMHS women’s volleyball and baseball players at KMHS. A running back in
held Monday, April 26 at Kings Mountain High team which won the state 3A championship, 1998 the Mountaineers’ single-wing formation in the
School. i state 3A golf champion Michael Jolly, and 1999 late 30s and early 40's, he was the school’s first
The meal will be served at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria, state 3A wrestling champions Anthony Ash and All-State football player in 1940 when he scored 51
and the induction ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in Julius Curry. of the team’s 100 points and either ran or threw for
B.N. Barnes Auditorium. Special recognition awards will go to the 1998 12 touchdowns.
Guest speaker will be former major league pitch- KMHS football team which won the Western NC He was also a hard-hitting outfielder on the 1941
ing great Tommy John, Director of 3A championship, and the KMHS women’s swim KMHS baseball team which won the Western
Communications for the Charlotte Knights. team which won the Southwestern 3A Conference Conference championship with a 17-1 record.
This year’s inductees are former All-American championship. He played football and baseball at Appalachian
tennis star Bryan Jones, former KMHS and current Scholarships ($500 each) will be awarded to State, and after World War II transferred to NC
Virginia Tech basketball coach Bobby Hussey, and three deserving KMHS student athletes. State where he played on the Wolfpack’s 1946
the late James Gibson, a football and basebail star Tickets are $10 and may be obtained from any * Gator Bowl team.
at KMHS, Appalachian State and NC State in the member of the Hall of Fame committee, or at the
1940s. door. See Ceremony, 2A
Meghann Potter helps Kings
Mountain High's girls soccer
team blank Hunter Huss
Thursday at Gamble Stadium.
i was KM’s
KM'’s Norris McCleary
wants shot at the NFL ‘h 9
Pla ugger
No KMHS senior killed
High football in automobile accident
| McCleary, Staff Writer
now a defen-
sive lineman
University, hopes to get a shot
at the NFL after his senior year
with the Pirates. B1
Even though the sun shone
brightly last Thursday, a pall sur-
rounded Kings Mountain High
School over the death of senior
Corwin Clayton. iE
Killed in an au-
tomobile acci-
Senior class president Tina
New jewelry business Guest recalled Clayton's friendly
dent on
. . OPINION Highway 150
Eo - : south of
| irre oh res Lincolnton,
7 tes ise Clayton was re- :
: Moss Lake water line ' memberedasa a
py bomb ready to explode "special person” [i CHES
HAS by fellow stu- CLAYTO
Li [ang Mountain iil Council : itis : dents and facul-
should move toward replacing : ; : ty alike.
the 30-plus year old Moss Lake : Bulldozers, earth compactors, and road scrapers get busy on the new Dixon School Connector Road. Recent : Beta Club sponsor Hannah
water line, and maybe selling : rains have made the ground Just right for smoothing. ; Cole remembered Clayton's good
the old city water lakes could : : nature.
help finance it. A4 : i i "Corwin was our official "hug-
: : ger", Cole said. "He was unique.
BUSINESS : i You never heard him complain or
a : : whine if things didn't go just
mE eR Re : i right. He was a special person."
: i & pecial pe
opens in downtown KM Children, senior citizens learn how wool gets from sheep to store | demeanor
: ; i : LLL . : "He always said hello when he
A new jewelry business - by Alan Hodge : 15 5 = : i saw you," Guest recalled. "It did-
Baubles, Bangles and Beads -
has opened in McGinnis ;
Department Store in downtown
Kings Mountain. A3
n't matter if he saw you five times
a day- he still said hello."
Like many of the other stu-
dents and faculty at Kings
Mountain High, Guest was wear-
of the Herald Staff
It was shear fun Friday as home schoolers and
senior citizens from Linville Manor visited
Blackberry Hedge Farm on Long Branch Road to see
SCHOOLS the story of wool start to finish. Hosted by hye Special gold and black rib-
Ba Blackberry Hedge owners Jeff and Jane Brendle, the AS Byes S Femory 2
agricultural get-together featured County Extension ai EI L Lik, a 1214:
Adult mentors help Director Greg Traywick as sheep shearer, and textile Calle coral Arita
expert Gail Richard who demonstrated wool
spinning and weaving.
Kicking off the field trip festivities, Traywick and
Brendle set about giving a 200-pound ram named
“Rambunctious” a haircut. For a while it looked as if
“Rambunctious” would retain his fleecy locks, but
with Traywick and Brendle’s expert maneuvering,
the sheep soon had a GI haircut.
The smooth job of shearing that Traywick
performed was the result of much practice during
his college days.
“When I was a student at N.C. State, I needed
Campbell was just one of several
people who had been involved
helping students and faculty alike
cope with the tragedy.
"We had local ministers Billy
Houze, Theron Feemster, and
Chip Sloan spend time with us,"
Campbell said. "We also enlisted
the aid of peer helpers based in
the library where students could
TP : go talk out their grief. The stu-
ALAN HODGE / THE HERALD : dent council officers also did a
students learn to read
Adult mentors are helping
students learn to read at
Davidson Alternative School in
Kings Mountain. A6
KM’s Laura Bingham
to be installed at Peace
Mountain na- some income,” said Traywick. “I went over to the Cleveland County Cooperative Extension : fantastic job of helping durin
tive Laura sheep research facility and learned to shear as a part- Director Greg Traywick gives Rambunctious a hair- : this re) Even Se oe of a
Carpenter time job. cut during Blackberry Hedge Farm’s Sheep and : has gone on."
Png See Sheep, 2A Woo! Field Day, See Corwin, 2A
president of
Peace College l h o d 2 0 h d l k d 2
nresnon Alma has enjoye th century, and looRs forward to 21st
April 24. A8
; BY ALAN HODGE "I had to help on the farm and help my mother Between her days in Earl, and the time she Pl ra
Staff Writer : too," said Mitchem. "We used to raise cotton and made the move to Kings Mountain, Mitchem rd
some of it went on the railroad that ran between saw the dawn of the machine age.
LF Baa Alma Mitchem of Kings Mountain has seen a Shelby and South Carolina. We called the rail- "I remember the first car that went down the
J century come and go- and she's ready for the road "Bob", but I can't recall why." highway near where we lived,” Mitchem re-
! 9A next one too. A person whose secret to longevity At age 21,Mitchem married her first husband, called. "It had slender little tires no bigger than
Church NEWS ......coeeeneneeneees includes a heathly dose of hard work, Mitchem the late Jerry Castle. After Castle passed away, what's on a bicycle today."
Classified. 578 also throws a big scoop of common sense into she met and married Meek Mitchem who When asked about her first sight of an air-
ODItUArES «.oeeeennrinreeeinnneees 3A her recipe. worked at the ice plant in Kings Mountain. plane, Mitchem looked back in her memory
OPINION cevvrerrireninesrnennneennees 4A Mitchem was born on February 9, 1900 near Mitchem reckons it was around 1940-something banks but couldn't draw out a plane. She did,
POLICE NEWS ..evunieenirnnnnnnnrianes 2A Earl in southern Cleveland Couinty. Her parents when she moved into her current home on however, remember something that went across
School NEWS ...uvvvurenninennnenes 6-8A were farmers who raised anything "suitable to Cherokee Street, but don't press her for exact the Kings Mountain sky long ago. -
SPOMS.ceeurerinrennrsianeasnsbonee 1-4B eat" as Mltchem put it. Hard times came early dates. After all, a century of living is a long time See Mitchetn, 2A
i when her father died in 1903. to remember. seMitchem, MITCHEM
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